Kansas City Chiefs: 7 Players Who Stood out in Preseason Week 3

Bill Robbins@bill_kc28Correspondent IAugust 29, 2011

Kansas City Chiefs: 7 Players Who Stood out in Preseason Week 3

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    The Kansas City Chiefs took on their inner-state rival St. Louis Rams last Friday night in game three of their '11 preseason.

    Unfortunately for KC, they were on the short end of a 14-10 score when the dust eventually settled.

    Even though there were many disappointing performances on this night, there were some bright spots to talk about as well.

    Here are some of the Chiefs that stood out in preseason Week 3.

QB Ricky Stanzi

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    Ricky Stanzi was by far the Chiefs' most impressive QB last Friday night.

    The rookie QB threw for 121 yards and a touchdown on eight of 14 passes for the night.

    It was his first solid performance after two average showings this preseason.

    If he plays well this Thursday against Green Bay, he could have the backup QB job all to himself.

ILB Derrick Johnson

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    Johnson continued his dominance against the Rams on Friday.

    He was making plays all over the field from his inside linebacker position.

    The former first-round pick had eight tackles, one sack, one interception and a pass deflection on the night.

    DJ has been playing well this preseason and looks like he could be primed for his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2011.

RB/WR Dexter McCluster

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    Second-year RB Dexter McCluster was used frequently by the Chiefs this past weekend.

    He ended the night with five catches for 37 yards and four rushing yards as well.

    Chiefs coach Todd Haley recently stated that KC was only planning to use DMC out of the backfield this season, but he might still end up being a receiver as well.

    It appears that he will have a similar role to what he had in 2010 before he went down with his ankle injury mid-season.

ILB Justin Cole

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    Second-year LB Justin Cole has been having a very good preseason.

    It continued on Friday against St. Louis, as the former UDFA tallied six tackles on the night.

    Cole has been a pleasant surprise for Chiefs fans after landing on the practice squad in 2010.

    Regardless of how he plays next week, it looks like he might get some playing time this season at inside linebacker.

CB Travis Daniels

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    Travis Daniels didn't do a lot on Friday, but he did have a key play in the game for the Chiefs defense.

    The veteran cornerback picked off an A.J. Feeley pass in the third quarter, giving the KC defense their second and final takeaway of the game.

    He also had two pass deflections and a tackle to his credit as well.

    Daniels is likely on the bubble to make the team right now, but he might have temporarily pushed himself off the bubble with a performance like he had against the Rams.

CB Jalil Brown

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    Rookie Jalil Brown had a nice game for the Chiefs this past week.

    He had four tackles and a pass deflection in a solid, but not a spectacular night.

    Brown is trying to fight his way for playing time in a young, but suddenly crowded, group of cornerbacks.

    With another good showing against the Packers this week, Brown could do just that.

OLB Justin Houston

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    Rookie linebacker Justin Houston has been making a lot of noise this preseason.

    In Week 2, he had two sacks against the Ravens, and in Week 3 against the Rams, he had a tackle and a pass deflection.

    Houston looks like the monster pass rusher that KC was hoping that he would be when they took him with one of their third-round picks in April's draft.

    It appears to be only a matter of time before he replaces current starter Andy Studebaker at outside linebacker.